Sports Roundup: Willapa Valley holds its own at big-school Davis Invitational


Track & Field

Davis Invitational

YAKIMA — Competing against a large group of Central and Eastern Washington 3A and 4A schools, Willapa Valley held its own in selected events at the Davis Invitaitonal at Zaephel Stadium in Yakima on Saturday.

Three Vikings finished in the top-three results in three events, with four Viking pole vaulters finished in the top-eight spots.

Lauren Friese took third in the 100-meter high hurdles at 17.54 seconds in the only running event for the Vikings. Michaela Huber led a quad of Vikings in the pole vault, taking third at 9-0. Karli Friese was fourth in the event, with Alicia Smaciarz seventh and Lauren Friese eighth.

In the boys meet, David Rockett took third in the pole vault at 12-6, with teammate Anthony Sagen seventh in the event.

Davis Invitational

Willapa Valley results only

Girls

100 HH — 3. Lauren Friese, 17.54. Pole Vault — 3. Michaela Huber, 9-0. 4. Karli Friese, 8-6. 7. Alicia Smaciarz, 8-6. 8. Lauren Friese, 8-6. Discus — 8. Katrina Ege, 96-3. 11. Kate Rockett, 88-11. Javelin — 10. Kate Rockett, 86-11.

Boys

Pole Vault — 3. David Rockett, 12-6. 7. Anthony Sagen, 11-6. Javelin — 5. Don Carlson, 145-6.

Softball

Bulldogs split

YAKIMA — Montesano did a one-day run to Yakima to pick up two games on its schedule and came away with a split against Ellensburg and West Valley on Friday.

Playing both games at West Valley High School, the Bulldogs lost, 3-0, to Ellensburg before getting a 7-3 win over West Valley.

Staci Schneider picked up the win in the circle with nine strikeouts and four walks in a four-hitter against West Valley. Maddi Didion took the loss against Ellensburg, striking out four and walking two.

“Our pitching was a highlight; both Staci and Maddie each came out and had a great showing,” Montesano head coach Pat Pace said. “This being our third (and fourth games), we needed to see what they could do in a full game, especially since we face Hoquiam on Thursday. I wanted to see them get seven innings in.”

Bobbi Fry had two hits against Ellensburg and Megan Choate and Reyna Ashlock each had two hits and an RBI in the West Valley game for the Bulldogs, who brought 20 players to the one-day trip. “We’re still evaluating girls, seeing what they can do in certain situations,” Pace added.

On Tuesday, Montesano will host Rainier in a make-up doubleheader, weather permitting. On Thursday, Montesano travels to Hoquiam for a league doubleheader.

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Didion and Swan; Burgess, Malcolm (4), Gibson (7) and Hughes.

RBI: Ellensburg — Griffin, Kopcvynski. Two hits: Ellensburg — Hannahs. Montesano — Fry.

Winning pitcher — Burgess (two strikeouts, one walk). Losing pitcher — Didion (four strikeouts, two walks).

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Schneider and Swan; Ringer and Bryant.

RBI: Montesano — Studer 2, Howard, Ashlock, Fry, Choate, Swan. West Valley — Rice 2, Ringer. Two hits: Montesano — Choate, Ashlock. West Valley — Bryant. Double: Montesano — Fry.

Winning pitcher — Schneider (nine strikeouts, four walks). Losing pitcher — Ringer (two strikeouts, three walks).

C.C. Baseball

Chokers swept

LONGVIEW — Mason Dunning’s grand slam made sure Lower Columbia didn’t have to sweat out a second straight game with Grays Harbor College and it secured an NWAACC Western Division doubleheader sweep at David Story Field on Saturday.

In the opener, both teams left a combined 17 runners on base as the Red Devils got the winning run on an infield throwing error for a 2-1 victory. In the nightcap, Dunning’s grand slam in the third inning was more than enough for the hosts to grab the sweep, 7-1.

Justin Altmeyer was the tough-luck loser on the mound for GHC (2-4, 4-19), throwing a complete-game in the opener and stranded nine Lower Columbia runners on base. His teammates slugged eight hits, but stranded eight and the team’s only error pushed across the winning run.

Tyler Busch took the loss in the second game for the Chokers, who standed the bases loaded in the third and sixth innings.

“Hats off to Justin, who pitched a great game in Game 1,” GHC head coach Curtis Eccles said. “Hr was able to locate his pitches and he kept them off-balanced. In the second game, it was a lot closer than the score indicated. We had the bases loaded twice and just couldn’t get the timely hits.”

Today, both teams will return to action in a single game at David Story Field at 1 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Olympic Stadium, but weather concerns prompted the venue change.

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Altmeyer and Alexander; Amundson, Napioniek (8) and Rehon.

RBI: Grays Harbor — Churchill. Lower Columbia — Salberg. Two hits: Grays Harbor — Duckett. Lower Columbia — Salberg. Doubles: Grays Harbor — Sims, Bowen.

Winning pitcher — Amundson (two strikeouts). Losing pitcher — Allmeyer (two strikeouts).

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Busch, Rubin (6) and Schlesser; Johnson, Heslep (6), Bitow (6), Giles (7) and Kearney.

RBI: Grays Harbor — Deckert. Lower Columbia — Salberg, Dunning 4. Two hits: Lower Columbia — Salberg. Home run: Lower Columbia — Dunning. Double: Lower Columbia — Mobbs.

Winning pitcher — Johnson (four strikeouts). Losing pitcher — Busch (three strikeouts, four walks).